Sweet-Potato-Shepherd's-Pie

4.5 Cups sweet potatoes (mashed if adding on cooking day, raw, grated if freezing)
1.5 lbs ground beef
3 cups frozen peas and carrots, or any frozen veggie mix
2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 tbsp herbs de provence
3/4 cup beef broth (or water)

Brown beef with onions and drain excess fat. For the best results add all ingredients to gallon zip lock bag, except the sweet potatoes. On cooking day, cook and mash sweet potatoes and add to the top of thawed veggie meat mixture. Alternatively, grate sweet potatoes in separate bag and freeze together. On cooking day add meat and veggie mixture to crock pot and top evenly with grated sweet potatoes. Cook on low 5-6 hours

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19 Responses to Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Kelly says:

    Hi there,

    I love this idea ad would really love to use my slow cooker, however I am usually out of the house for 11 hours on a work day. Will leaving these things in on low for that long ruin them? Help!

    Thanks 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      They do make super fancy slow cookers that will switch to “keep warm” mode after a certain temperature (that you set for the food being done) is reached. Those “super fancy” ones also have a time delay for starting. You could maybe use a combination of those two things to make it last the full 11 hours. One tip though, make sure your crock pot is full – if you only 1/2 fill a crock pot the food cooks much faster and might be over done.

    • riann says:

      you can also get a lamp timer to create your own delay start slow cooker. they are cheap at ikea

    • Diana says:

      I put a time on my crockpot because I am out of the house for at least 10hrs. Any timer will do as long as you can set the times.

    • Kitty says:

      Try a timer for your outlet, like the kind you set up for your lamps while you’re out of town.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you so much…I was trying to assemble all of my freezer meals and wondering how I was going to fit all of these “Casserole” dishes in my freezer. (I have shepherd’s pie on my list twice in the next month.) I can just shred the potatoes and put in separate bag, and just throw all the rest in a separate bag. Wonderful!!! Thanks so much for fixing this “dilemma” for me. (Sometimes, I’m such a blonde. LOL)

  3. Tricia says:

    Do you add your beef broth or water right to the bag of your meat and veggie mixture?

  4. Sharon says:

    My girlfriend and I are making a freezer/crockpot party at my house today. The kids are busy playing and we are freezer bag stuffing. Great girlfriend activity. Thanks!

  5. Linda burns says:

    What is the serving portions per each meal? I am a family of four?

    Thanks

    Linda

  6. Andi says:

    Wondering if you used a white sweet potato or an orange “yam” sweet potato. Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      I used the “yam” orange sweet potato, but you could use a white one I’m sure as well! Or if you are fine to do regular potatoes you could do that too.

  7. Lee Potter says:

    I used root veg in mine, like turnip and parsnip, adds nice chunky bites. Also, just a small point if you use beef it is not called shepherds pie but cottage pie. Shepherds pie is made with lamb, hence the name ‘shepherds’ pie.

  8. Bethany says:

    When do you add the broth/water?

  9. vicki says:

    What is a alternative for the herb? Can’t find it anywhere here.

  10. Ellie says:

    I assume you add the broth/water when you place everything in the crockpot on the cooking day?

    Also, THANKS to the above posters for the lamp timer tip! I am sometimes in a similar situation and can’t believe that I haven’t thought of that before!

  11. Dave says:

    Very, very bland. Add more spices….at least 2-3X what is listed here.

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